Vaccination status declaration form
As part of Queen's official vaccination policy, all faculty, staff, and students are required to complete a vaccination status declaration form no later than September 13.
As part of Queen's official vaccination policy, all faculty, staff, and students are required to complete a vaccination status declaration form no later than September 13.
See Course Descriptions for pre-requisites and full course descriptions.
The Colloquium in Legal and Political Philosophy is scheduled during the Fall term on Mondays from 2:30 to 5:30 pm.
The Colloquium explores new work in legal and political philosophy. In previous years, our speakers and students tackled important questions like: Is there a moral right to property? Does allowing judges to review legislation on constitutional grounds undermine democracy? What justifies states' acquisition of territory? Can one be consistently both pro-choice on abortion and an ethical vegan? Does the International Criminal Court suffer from a legitimacy problem because the most powerful states are not bound by it? Do states have an obligation to rescue migrants drowning at sea?
The format is as follows: Students registered with the course meet with us to discuss a recent paper by a leading scholar. The following week, the students meet with the author, along with other faculty members and invited guests, for a workshop on the paper.
Our Fall 2021 lineup promises to engage equally important questions in legal and political philosophy – our speakers will be: Philip Pettit (Princeton/ANU), Pamela Hieronymi (UCLA), Miriam Ronzoni (Manchester), Adam Perry (Oxford), Ekow Yankah (Cardozo), and Kim Ferzan (uPenn).
Student evaluation will be a combination of participation (40%), short reaction pieces (30%), and a term paper (30%). Participation will be evaluated by contributions during the seminar discussion in advance of the session with the author as well as engagement with the author during the session in which the author presents their paper.
Interested students should make known their interest by sending an email jointly to Professors Thomas and Webber (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) outlining their interest in applying for the Colloquium and any relevant academic background. Please note: undergraduate or graduate studies in Philosophy or Political Studies are not prerequisites; nor is a course in legal philosophy.
In addition, in NO MORE than 250 words, please tell us how you would go about answering the question in the following scenario, taken from a paper by Jeremy Waldron.
"We are imagining people living in a state of nature, perhaps gathering together in a village or a community, and they are faced with the possibility of newcomers migrating into and proposing to settle in their vicinity. Could they be justified in driving the newcomers away—for example, by shouting threats at them, throwing rocks, or tearing up their encampments?”
Please submit your application at your earliest opportunity and in any event no later than 5 p.m. on July 31. Decisions will be communicated to applicants shortly thereafter and successful applicants will be registered by the Faculty before enrolment opens for other course selection.
Queen’s Law Clinics
Postings for Summer Caseworker Positions (2021) and/or Clinical Course Enrolment (2021-22)
The students of Law ’22 and ’23 are invited to apply for full-time summer employment (2021) or course enrolment (2021/2022) at the Queen’s Law Clinics.This is the application process for all five of the Queen’s Law Clinics:
Read these instructions thoroughly before completing your application. If you have read these instructions thoroughly and still have questions, direct questions about each of the five Queen’s Law Clinics to the director of the clinic in question and direct questions about the application process to email@example.com.
Applicants must have completed either their first or second year of law school (or equivalent) prior to the start of summer employment or enrolment. Only students selected for interviews (where applicable) or enrolment will be contacted.
See below for detailed information under the following headings:
In usual non-pandemic circumstances, work is completed at the QLC office at 5th Floor, LaSalle Mews, 303 Bagot Street, Kingston. In the current circumstances, successful applicants may be required to work remotely and/or at the QLC office. Successful applicants may be required to be physically present in Kingston, as required, for work-related tasks. Specifics will be provided when an offer is made.
Pay for summer positions will be approximately $17/hour plus vacation and statutory holiday pay. Students will work for up to seventeen (17) weeks from May through August 2021. Specifics will be provided when a formal offer is made.
The application process for enrolment in clinical courses takes place outside the normal course selection process. Students cannot add clinical courses through SOLUS.
Queen’s Law policy limits students to only one of the following clinical courses: QBLC LAW 438, QELC LAW 695, QFLC LAW 527, QPLC LAW418, QLA LAW 590. Students enrolled in one of those five clinical courses are not eligible for enrolment in another.
Detailed information regarding clinical courses, including pre/co-requisites and recommended courses, is available in the course catalogue under the heading “Clinics/Experiential”. The course codes are as follows:
|Business Law||QBLC||LAW 438A/B|
|Elder Law||QELC||LAW 695A/B|
|Family Law||QFLC||LAW 527A/B|
|Clinical Litigation Practice||QLA Clinical Litigation Practice (CLP)||LAW 590A/B|
The process of selecting students for enrolment in clinical courses will take place once the summer caseworker positions have all been filled.
Application Due Date
The application deadline is Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 12:00PM (noon). Late applications will not be considered.
To apply for summer employment or enrolment with any of the five Queen’s Law Clinics, follow the steps listed below.
Application Process Timeline
Applications due: Thursday, February 11, 2021 12:00PM (noon)
Planned dates for interviews (summer positions only): the week of March 1 to 5, 2021
Offers for summer employment extended by e‐mail: March 11, 2021
Replies to offers for summer employment due: 12PM (noon) March 12, 2021 (following which, the offer expires and is extended to another student)
Offers for enrolment: Starting March 12, 2021
QLC Summer Student Caseworker Position Descriptions
Queen’s Business Law Clinic (QBLC)
The QBLC will employ three full‐time student caseworkers who will provide pro bono legal services to local entrepreneurs, small businesses and not‐for‐profit organizations. Successful applicants will gain hands‐on experience with client files involving incorporations, corporate governance, drafting of contracts and legal research memos dealing with a range of subject matter under the business and intellectual property law umbrellas. Students will also be involved in the operation of the legal clinic, including client development, and they may be asked to speak to local stakeholder groups on business and intellectual property law issues. Some light travel may be required. Applicants should have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in business law.
Participation in the QBLC summer program will disqualify a student from participation in the credit program (LAW 438A/B) for a subsequent academic year. Participants in the QBLC summer program may be invited to serve as volunteer Clinic Mentors for the academic year following. Students who have taken LAW 438A/B may apply to work at the QBLC for the summer.
Forward any inquiries to and address your cover letter to: QBLC Director, Tomilola Adebiyi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Queen’s Elder Law Clinic (QELC)
The QELC will employ three full‐time caseworkers who will provide pro bono legal services for local seniors and other vulnerable members of the community. The successful applicants will be responsible for managing QELC client files, interviewing clients, preparing and advising on simple wills, powers of attorney for personal care, powers of attorney for property, responding to general estate inquires, and preparing applications for Certificates of Appointment of Estate Trustee (With and Without a Will).
The summer caseworkers will also assist elderly and vulnerable clients with a variety of age‐related issues and inquiries concerning capacity, substitute decision making, rights under current legislation, identifying and addressing misuse or abuse of authority, and effectively communicate with third parties.
The summer caseworkers will normally be required to attend at other locations in the course of their work, including Kingston General Hospital, Providence Care Hospital, local penitentiaries and local retirement homes or long term care facilities (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Access to a car is not required.
Applicants should have a strong academic record. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in elder law or serving vulnerable individuals, experience working independently to manage a project, and excellent writing skills.
Participation in the QELC summer program will disqualify a student from participation in the credit program (LAW 695A/B) for a subsequent academic year. Participants in the QELC summer program may be invited to serve as volunteer Clinic Mentors for the academic year following. Students who have taken LAW 695A/B may apply to work for the QELC for the summer.
Forward any inquires to and address your cover letter to: QELC Director, Blair Hicks (email@example.com)
Queen’s Family Law Clinic (QFLC)
The QFLC will employ two full‐time student caseworkers. Successful applicants will spend the summer providing pro bono legal services assisting self‐representing Family Law litigants, completing intake interviews, preparing documents for Family Court and participating in the operation and continued development of the QFLC. Students caseworkers will carry files relating to issues such as custody, access, child support and divorce and will attend regularly at Family Court at 469 Montreal Street (subject to COVID-19 restrictions). Students may be asked to give presentations to local stakeholder groups on issues relating to family justice.
Students who have taken LAW 527A/B are welcome to apply to work for the QFLC for the summer student caseworkers positions. Participation in the QFLC summer program will disqualify a student from participation in the credit program (LAW 527A/B) for a subsequent academic year. Participants in the QFLC summer program may be invited to serve as volunteer Clinic Mentors for the academic year following.
Applicants should have a strong academic record and excellent writing skills. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest in serving vulnerable individuals and experience working independently to manage projects. All students, not just those planning a career in Family Law, are encouraged to apply.
Forward any inquiries to and address your cover letter to: QFLC Director, Karla McGrath (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Queen’s Prison Law Clinic (QPLC)
The QPLC employs four summer students to provide legal services to prisoners in Kingston area prisons, which includes representing clients at disciplinary court and the Parole Board of Canada, drafting grievances and providing legal advice. Access to a reliable car is required for travel to area prisons. Attendance at prisons will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions and may not be permitted at all however the work of the clinic will be adjusted as needed and will continue remotely.
If you are interested in a summer position, your letter of application must contain the following information:
Whether you will be able to work during a 17 week period May through August
Languages other than English in which you have oral or written fluency
Whether or not you will have a reliable car that you can use for work throughout the period May through August
Whether you will be available to mentor new students in September at client interviews and in disciplinary court (or in alternate ways if there are COVID-19 restrictions) for additional paid employment up to approximately 20 hours.
Students who work for the QPLC during the summer are not eligible to take the Clinical Course, Law 418A/B, although they are eligible to apply for Law 419, Advanced Prison Law. Students who have taken Law 418A/B may apply to work for the QPLC for the summer.
Forward any inquiries to and address your cover letter to: QPLC Director, Kathy Ferreira (email@example.com)
Queen’s Legal Aid (QLA)
QLA employs ten summer student caseworkers who will each have carriage of approximately 20 client files at any one time in all areas of the clinic’s litigation practice, including criminal matters before the Ontario Court of Justice, civil Small Claims Court matters, and files before administrative tribunals including the Landlord and Tenant Board, the Social Benefits Tribunal and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Student caseworkers will also have ongoing file intake and administrative duties during the summer. All student caseworkers will also be involved in developing and conducting community outreach and public legal education sessions.
All student caseworkers are required to work during the two week training period at the start of the summer as well as the last week of the summer. Time off will not be approved during these periods.
Student caseworkers remain responsible for client files until the files are reassigned in September. Student caseworkers may also be expected to conduct hearings for any matter for which a hearing is scheduled in September or early October.
In the academic year following summer employment, student caseworkers must enroll in Law 593A/B, Queen’s Legal Aid Student Leadership, where they will serve as Group Leaders with significant mentoring and training responsibilities. Students are awarded a total of three credits for their participation in this course. This course fulfills either the Advocacy or the Practice Skills requirement of the J.D program.
Your cover letter should describe your interests and goals as they relate to QLA and should demonstrate a commitment to social justice and poverty law.
Please also include the contact information for at least one prior employment reference but you need not submit a reference letter.
A Hiring Committee including one Review Counsel, a Queen’s Legal Aid staff member, and one current Queen’s Legal Aid student will review all applications. Student members of the Hiring Committee will not see applicant’s law school grades.
Funding for all summer positions is primarily provided by Legal Aid Ontario, which encourages QLA to offer clinic‐based employment opportunities to as many different students as possible each year. While summer student caseworkers are eligible to enroll in Law 590, the Clinical Litigation Practice (“CLP”) course the following year, applicants who apply for summer employment and the CLP course should indicate which of these they are more interested in, since QLA may select candidates so as to maximize the number of students who will have an opportunity to participate in clinical experiential education at QLA.
Forward any inquiries and address your cover letter to: QLA Director, Blair Crew (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Queen’s University has an employment equity program, welcomes diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from all qualified candidates including those from equity-seeking groups such as aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities and racial minorities.
When hiring students, the Queen’s Law Clinics gratefully acknowledge the support of Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Foundation of Ontario, the class of Law’81, and alumni and industry sponsors.
In this project-based course, which is as much a law clinic as a traditional course, students will work on actual trade law problems for real client beneficiaries under the supervision of their professors. The practicum offers a unique opportunity for students to gain practical experience in international trade law, while at the same time enhancing their substantive legal knowledge through participation in weekly seminars. The practicum will enable students to work on a specific legal project, such as researching and preparing a legal opinion on the WTO consistency of proposed legislation, or drafting a submission in a WTO dispute for a beneficiary, such as a small business, an NGO, a union or a government. Moreover, the practicum is designed to build students' professional skills by providing training in how to interact with beneficiaries, how to work in groups with other lawyers, how to present their work effectively, and how to communicate complex legal issues to diverse audiences. The practicum also hopes to introduce students to career opportunities in international trade law by allowing them to interact with beneficiaries and mentors working in the trade law field and exposing them first-hand to the practice of international trade law in Canada and beyond.
Students will work in small groups (project teams) under the close supervision of their professors and outside experts (mentors) on specific legal problems proposed by beneficiaries. Professors and mentors will provide substantive background instruction on the respective topics. The students will also benefit from instruction on improving their legal research and writing skills. At the end of the term, each team will present their projects to the class as well as to the beneficiary.
The practicum is part of a Joint University of Ottawa-Queen's International Economic Law Clinic under the umbrella of the TradeLab network. To get an idea of the types of projects done in previous years by clinics in the network, please consult www.tradelab.org.
Applications for the Practicum will be accepted by email@example.com. The deadline for 2021-22 has passed.
Please see our Mooting Information for Students page.
3 credit graded course (offered in both Fall & Winter Terms)
Students in this course are placed with a lawyer or agency in the family or children’s law field, and are expected to spend 4-6 hours per week at the placement, at times that do not conflict with their classes, for the Fall or Winter Term. Most of the placements are with lawyers, but there is also a placement at the Children’s Aid Society and the Family Court. The primary focus is on learning about the practice of family law from observation, reflection, discussion with your external supervisor, and discussion in class, though there are expectations for research or drafting at some placements. There is no scheduled class time, but there will be five meetings during the term of the entire class (10 students), arranged at times that do not conflict with any student’s schedule. Students are required to keep a course log and write a short reflective piece. (8-10 pages)
Students will gain an appreciation of the challenges of managing clients and relationships with other lawyers and judges.
Prior to the start of the term, students enrolled in the course will be asked to complete a preference ballot for a specific placement and will be assigned a placement.
Pre or Co-requisite: Family Law (ie. must have completed or be enrolled at the same time in Family Law)
Please submit a statement of interest and a copy of your CV to Professor Nick Bala (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday August 5, 2021 at 4pm. Feel free to contact him with any questions about the course.
The Conflict Analytics Practicum is a project-based course jointly offered with Smith School of Business Masters in Artificial Intelligence program. The practicum is a forum for lawyers, data scientists and computer scientists to collaborate and develop new technology for the legal industry (mainly, but not exclusively, for industry partners of the Conflict Analytics Lab). Participants will act as either project leaders or analysts. At this stage, the Lab has identified discrete tech projects in the following fields: employment (calculation of severance and determination of worker status); insurance (calculation of non-pecuniary damages); dispute settlement (an intelligent negotiation system for law firms); trademark (risk-of-confusion assessment); and customer disputes (determination of customer compensation).
Applications for the Practicum will be accepted by email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4pm on Friday, August 6th. Interested students should communicate their interest, as well as any relevant experience in 300 words or less. Please indicate whether you would like to enroll in the Practicum for the Fall or Winter Term, or for the full year.
There will be 15 spots available for each term.
The Conflict Analytics Lab also welcomes interested 1Ls to participate on a volunteer basis.
The PKI Global Justice Journal aims to critically inform readers of new developments in the realms of international, transitional and transnational justice. The Journal provides in-depth analyses, reviews of novel scholarly pieces, and interviews with specialists. By inviting a plurality of views and voices to react to its content, the Journal endeavours to create a forum for discussion and debate. The Journal publishes in both English and French. For the upcoming academic year the Journal is accepting applications for one Editorial Intern, who will normally be a JD student in their second or third year of study. The Editorial Intern will be selected on the basis of academic excellence, relevant experience, demonstrated writing ability and completion of at least one of the following courses during their JD studies: Public International Law (Law 540), International Human Rights Law (Law 542), International Criminal Law (Law 410), International Refugee Law (Law 375), International Humanitarian Law (Law 549), or an equivalent cognate course on campus or at the Castle, as approved by the faculty supervisor. Fluency in French is an asset. The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the editorial, production and dissemination activities of the Journal, under the supervision of the faculty supervisor (who is the Journal’s Co-Editor-in-Chief) and with the benefit of the mentorship of the Journal’s expert Editorial Board. Completion of two, 2000 word essays on a global justice topic as well as duties, as assigned throughout the Fall and Winter terms by the faculty supervisor, are required. Essays completed in the course of the internship will be considered for possible publication in the Journal. 4 credits, full year course, graded.
The Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration is Canada’s only scholarly refereed law review focusing on arbitration: international and domestic, commercial and investor-state. The Managing Editor is Professor Joshua Karton.
Five to seven students will be recruited to prepare the CJCA's bi-annual journal, manage volunteers, host events, and maintain the CJCA's blog and website. The student editorial group is selected in the spring for the following academic year, on the basis of written applications and an interview. For further details, contact professor Joshua Karton (email@example.com).
The Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal (CLELJ) is Canada’s only scholarly refereed law review in its field, and is a collaborative publication of Lancaster House and the Queen’s Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace. The Editor-in-Chief is Professor Kevin Banks.
The student editorial group is selected in the spring for the following academic year, on the basis of written applications, a short editing test and an interview. For further details, contact professor Kevin Banks (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LAW 584: Senior Editor-single term (3 Credits)
LAW 587A/B: Associate Editor-all year (4 credits)
LAW 588A/B: Senior Editor-all year (6 credits)
LAW 589A/B: Editor-in-Chief-all year (6 credits)
The Queen’s Law Journal is a practical-skills course that gives students in 2L and 3L the opportunity to be involved in publishing one of Canada’s leading legal journals. Students will have the opportunity to develop and advance their editing and writing skills as well as critically analyze submitted materials and comment upon the latest in legal scholarship.
The Journal is looking for students who have (1) an interest in and enthusiasm for the Queen’s Law Journal; and (2) strong writing, editing, and analytical skills, evidenced by a well-written cover letter and successfully completed editing and/or submissions assignment(s). Previous Board or Volunteer experience with the Journal, or other editorial or research experience, is an asset but is not required. Many editors join the Editorial Board without such prior experience.
Please note that successful applicants are not permitted to serve on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration and the Canadian Labour and Employment Law Journal.
The Queen’s Law Journal selects their Editorial Board in the Winter term for the following academic year based on an applicant’s cover letter, CV, short editing assignment, and an interview. For more details contact the current Co-Editors-in-Chief at email@example.com
This placement involves research, as well as opportunities for observation and mentoring by the judges at Ontario Superior Court or at the Ontario Court of Justice in Kingston. Each student will spend an average of two days a week (12-16 hours) on the placement. The students are required to keep a course log and write a reflective piece (10-12 pages) and the end of the term. The students will meet periodically with the Faculty supervisor, Prof. Bala.
The Ontario Court of Justice does exclusively criminal law, and in Kingston the Superior Court of Justice does mainly criminal matters, but there are also civil cases and there may be an opportunity for involvement in Divisional Court matters.
The placements in 2020-21 have been done by a combination of remote/Zoom and in person, including both court attendances and meetings with judges remotely. Subject to the pandemic conditions, it is expected that at least some of each placement in 2021-22 will be in person in the courts in Kingston. However, it will be possible to offer this placement remotely if needed.
Students in this experiential learning placement cannot be in a Queen’s Clinic or other credit based experiential learning setting in the same term in which they are doing the Law 697 placement. However, students may apply for other experiential learning opportunities (such as the Clinics), and, if accepted for the Law 697, will be given an opportunity to select their preferred choice.
Applications are being accepted for Law Student Clerkships (Law 697) in for the Fall Term 2021 and Winter Term 2022.
The students selected for this course must be going into third year, have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in criminal law. This is an excellent opportunity for a student who will be applying for a Clerkship for after graduation (or who has secured one).
There will be four students selected, two for each term (one for each court), and each receives 6 graded credits for the term that they do the placement.
Students will be selected by application process through CSM, with applications due Friday, March 5 at 4pm. Applicants should provide a cover letter, cv and resume.
Please feel free to contact Prof. Bala if you have questions.
A placement with a community legal clinic affiliated with and funded by Legal Aid Ontario which provides legal assistance to low-income area residents. The placement provides clinical legal experience to law students, helping them develop skill and confidence as legal professionals. Under close supervision by clinic lawyers, law students interview and counsel clients, research legal issues, draft legal memoranda, provide legal opinions, prepare pleadings, negotiate settlements and participate in hearings before administrative tribunals on poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, creditor/debtor matters, employment claims and income maintenance problems.
Applications are due mid-March. The CDO will alert students to opportunities.
Queen’s Law offers upper-year students the opportunity to complete unpaid internships for three academic credits with federal government offices through Department of Justice Legal Services. Each intern is expected to work approximately 84-100 hours during the term. The hours and days of work are negotiated with the department, but interns are generally expected to spend one full business day each week in the Ottawa office. Although some additional research may be conducted from Kingston, you must be able to commit to weekly travel to Ottawa. Upon completion of the internship, the faculty will provide a maximum stipend of $1000 to help offset the costs of commuting to Ottawa.
In addition to the internships arranged by Queen's Law, individual students may make their own arrangements with a federal government department that will qualify as an internship for credit. Such a placement would have to be approved by the Faculty prior to the start date. Internships for credit are only possible during the academic year. If you are interested in arranging your own internship, please contact the Director of Career Development before proceeding.
Please complete the following steps:
Complete the application form in CSM under “My Account – Experiential Learning”. You will need to provide the following information:
Complete applications will be processed and your resume and statement of interest provided to your top three departments. The departments will determine who may be placed with them, but they will not conduct interviews. Successful applicants will be put in touch with the relevant government department and advised of the steps necessary to receive credit for the internship.
Bader International Study Centre: please see the BISC Application Procedure page.
Exchanges: please see the Exchanges – Outgoing Students page.
This is a multi-faculty consulting course that brings together students from engineering, commerce, law, and science to form a team that helps executive-level clients from large corporations solve challenging real-world problems as they work together on an 8-month project. Students work with corporations in industries such as Oil & Gas, Automotive, Alternative Energy, Biotechnology, Banking, and Consumer Goods. Companies that we have worked for include: Shell, Fluor, BASF, DuPont, Bombardier, 3M, Ontario Power Generation, Encana, Perpetual Energy, RBC and many others. Examples are available on the TEAM website.
TEAM places students in a results-driven environment and will provide experiences that will differentiate students from their peers. Students gain technical expertise, consulting experience, and invaluable network connections.
Please review the TEAM website to ensure you’re familiar with the project and what it entails. Application requirements are provided at the Chemical Engineering website.
The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is not offering the TEAM course in the 2021-22 academic year. However, it may be offered in future years.